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National Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of 2003)


Regulations Regarding the Rendering of Forensic Pathology Service, 2018

6. Unnatural deaths in health establishments


(1) A person in charge of a health establishment, where a person has been declared dead and the cause of death appears to be due to unnatural causes must:
(a) immediately notify the South African Police Service and the Service of such death;
(b) preserve, provide access to and or make available of all the relevant medical paraphernalia, exhibits and applicable specimens, especially biological fluid specimens in the case of suspected toxicology cases;
(c) ensure access to and availability of all the deceased's full medical records including laboratory and investigative reports;
(d) not hand over the body or items referred to in paragraphs (b) and (c) to an undertaker.


(2) The medical records and or relevant completed clinical Forms must accompany the deceased to the designated facility.